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Robinson, Jason : Fingerprint (Circumvention)

West Coast saxophonist Robinson's 3rd album as a leader in Gil Evans & Ellington/Strayhorn influenced compositions; Anthony Davis joins for 2 tracks.
 

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UPC: 837101433747

Label: Circumvention
Catalog ID: circ050
Squidco Product Code: 9244

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack

Personnel:

Jason Robinson-tenor sax

Kamau Kenyatta-piano, soprano sax

Rob Thorsen-bass

Nathan Hubbard-drums

Anthony Davis-piano

Michael Dessen-trombone

Ellen Weller-flute

Adnan Marquez-Borbon-flute

Andrew Geib-flute

Gabriel Sundy-baritone clarinet

Scott Walton-conductor

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track listing:


1. The Wiggle Room 10:36

2. Serendipity 10:54

3. Silence Becomes a Roar 11:15

4. Conundrum 12:28

5. Forest Cover 14:14

6. Thin Veil 8:00
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"Fingerprint is saxophonist Jason Robinson's third album as a leader and features a remarkable assortment of California-based improvisers. Centered on Robinson's quartet, Fingerprint debuts a collection of original compositions influenced by an eclectic array of influences. Drawing on Ellingtonian and Strayhorn-esque melodic and harmonic sounds, Gil Evans-inspired voicings, as well as post-bop and post-60s angularity and chromaticism, Robinson's compositional and improvisatory approaches embody the hybridity and pluralism being pioneered by today's figures in creative music. Robinson's quartet features long-time collaborators: Detroit-born pianist and saxophonist Kamau Kenyatta, bassist Rob Thorsen (who plays with Robinson in the transnational group Cross Border Trio) and drummer Nathan Hubbard (who plays with Robinson in Cosmologic). This quartet is expanded on two tracks, which feature critically acclaimed pianist (and composer) Anthony Davis and an extended horn section. The centerpiece of the album is "Silence Becomes a Roar," a complex, multi-section piece featuring a 10-piece ensemble."-Circumvention Music


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"Percussionist/Composer/Instrument Builder Nathan Hubbard works in many different fields, but in general his work shows a decided interest in exploring the possibilities of sound and embracing the passing of time. This interest in sound can be seen in everything from his extended sound language as an improvisor to his homemade and found instruments. The different rates of passing time become relevant as both a rhythmic impetus and defining element in his compositions and their changing definitions of form, shape and outcome. Musically his explorations range from solo improvisations through small group collaborations to large scale compositions for his twenty-six member large ensemble, Skeleton Key Orchestra. As a composer his works range from solo pieces to medium scale works for a variety of ensembles, works for tape, electronics and acoustic instruments, large works for orchestras, creative orchestras and traditional big bands as well as pieces involving text, voice and other media. In the last several years Hubbard has been more involved with musical situations incorporating acoustics, enviroments and field recordings. His work as an artist can be seen on several of his CD covers and his work as an engineer and producer can be heard on almost all of his recordings. His current projects include solo performances, collaborations with Curtis Glatter (Glatter/Hubbard) and ARC Trio, as well as leading his own quintet (Nathan Hubbard/Passengers) and the large ensemble Nathan Hubbard Skeleton Key Orchestra. In addition to all this work, Hubbard has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Jacob Adler, Roger Aplon, David Borgo, Paul Carman, Castanets, Alex Cline, Anthony Davis, Michael Dessen, Mark Dresser, Tim DuRoche, Brad Dutz, Harris Eisenstadt, Marcos Fernandes, Justin Grinnell, Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Rick Helzer, Bill Horist, Mike Keneally, Paul Kikuchi, Ted Killian, Steuart Liebig, George Lewis, Doug Lunn, Noah Phillips, Garth Powell, Rafter, Jason Robinson, Tim Root, Scott Rosenberg, Jim Ryan, Chris Schlarb, Theodore Sistrunk, Moe! Staiano, GE Stinson, Kenseth Thibideau, Kris Tiner, Bertram Turetzky, Phillip Wachsmann and Nazo Zakkak."

-Castor & Pollux Music (http://www.castorandpolluxmusic.com/nmhubbard/info/bio.htm)
8/15/2018

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"Anthony Davis (born February 20, 1951), is an American jazz pianist, composer, and student of gamelan music. Davis is best known for his operas including X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, which was premiered by the New York City Opera in 1986, Amistad, which premiered with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1997, and Wakonda's Dream, which premiered at Opera Omaha in 2007.

Davis was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He taught at Yale University and Harvard University, and has played with Anthony Braxton and Leo Smith. In 1981, Davis formed an octet called Episteme. He also wrote the incidental music for the Broadway version of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He incorporates several styles including jazz, rhythm 'n' blues, gospel, non-Western, African, European classical, Indonesian, and experimental music.

Davis has received acclaim as a free-jazz pianist, a co-leader or sideman with various ensembles. Such ensembles include those that featured Smith as bandleader from 1974 to 1977.

Davis is professor of music at the University of California, San Diego. His opera Wakonda's Dream is a tale of a contemporary Native American family and the history that affects them.

His opera Lilith (libretto by Allan Havis) had its world premiere at the Conrad Prebys Music Center in UCSD on December 4, 2009. The story is about Adam's first wife, set in a modern era."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Davis_(composer))
8/15/2018

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Michael Dessen is a composer/trombonist who creates music for improvisers and explores the artistic potentials of technologies including live electronics, telematics and networked scores.

Dessen's electro-acoustic trio features bassist Christopher Tordini and drummer Dan Weiss, and has been praised by critics for its unique blend of otherworldly electronics, dynamic improvisation and wide-ranging compositions. His compositions for the trio have been supported by awards and commissions from New Music USA, Chamber Music America and the Fromm Foundation, and he has released three trio albums on Clean Feed Records, the first featuring Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Dessen's most recent work for the trio, Somewhere In The Upstream (2014), is a concert-length composition dedicated to Yusef Lateef that will be released in 2017.

Both with his own trio and many other collective projects, Dessen has focused on creating works for improvisers, including networked "scorestreams" that are displayed dynamically on screens for performers to interpret. As an improviser, he collaborates with diverse bands in addition to performing solo on digibone, an animistic world of slide trombone and live electronics. Dessen has also been involved in numerous telematic concerts that link performers in distant locations via high-definition networking technologies. He has composed new works specifically for the telematic stage, and has co-directed many large-scale telematic projects, including Virtual Tour 2013, a 3-concert series recently released on DVD that Dessen co-directed with Mark Dresser, featuring a core quartet in California with Nicole Mitchell and Myra Melford performing with other renowned musicians in Zurich, New York and Massachusetts.

Dessen's teachers include Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis, and he is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM performance), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MM jazz composition), and the University of California, San Diego (PhD in Music, Critical Studies and Experimental Practices). His writings on music include articles in The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation and Communities in Dialogue (Wesleyan University Press), the online journal Critical Studies in Improvisation / Etudes Critique en Improvisation, and Musicworks magazine, as well as a Preface to Yusef Lateef's Songbook. His publications have focused especially on the role of African American traditions within late-twentieth century experimental music worlds. Since 2006, Dessen has been a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, where he co-founded a new PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT).

Michael Dessen lives in southern California with visual artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz and their son.

-Michael Dessen Website (http://mdessen.com/)
8/15/2018

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"Scott Walton has performed with George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Quincy Troupe, Ray Anderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Clifford Jordan, and Al Cohn, among others. He has collaborated with poets, dancers, performance artists, and filmmakers. Current projects as a bassist in addition to Cosmologic include the Vinny Golia Quintet, the Rain Trio (with Alex Cline and Eric Barber), and ongoing work with Harris Eisenstadt, Erik Griswold, and Jason Stanyek. As a pianist he has commissioned and premiered works by numerous composers (David Lipten, most recently), has toured with the Octagon Ensemble, and has collaborated in interactive computer and multimedia performances with Vibeke Sorenson and Harry Castle. He is currently performing music of Henry Cowell, and an improvised interpretation of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata. Walton is featured on recent CD releases by the Vinny Golia Quintet (One, Three, Two), O'Keefe, Stanyek, Walton, Whitehead (Tunnel), Nathan Hubbard (Skeleton Key Orchestra), Jeff Kaiser (17 Themes for Ockodektet), Chris Chafe (Arcology), and Anthony Davis (Tania). He has recorded on the Soul Note, Nine Winds, JazzHalo, Circumvention, pfMentum, Koch, Innova, Centaur, Albany, and Revelation labels. He is a member of the San Diego based Trummerflora Collective."

-Discogs.com (https://www.discogs.com/artist/532246-Scott-Walton)
8/15/2018

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